Skip Battin

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Skip Battin
Birth nameClyde Battin
Born(1934-02-18)February 18, 1934
Gallipolis, Ohio United States
DiedJuly 6, 2003(2003-07-06) (aged 69)
Salem, Oregon United States
GenresRock, Folk rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar
Years active1956–1991
LabelsColumbia
Associated actsThe Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Skip & Flip
 
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Skip Battin
Birth nameClyde Battin
Born(1934-02-18)February 18, 1934
Gallipolis, Ohio United States
DiedJuly 6, 2003(2003-07-06) (aged 69)
Salem, Oregon United States
GenresRock, Folk rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar
Years active1956–1991
LabelsColumbia
Associated actsThe Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Skip & Flip

Clyde "Skip" Battin (February 18, 1934 – July 6, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, performer and recording artist. He is best remembered as a member of The Byrds, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. While considered to be a great bass player, songwriter and vocalist, he generally joined bands after their most successful periods.

Battin was born in Gallipolis, Ohio. His early musical career began in 1956 when he collaborated with Gary Paxton and formed the Pledges, the same duo later successfully recording under the appellation Skip & Flip, enjoying some success with "It Was I", and their cover of "Cherry Pie". After a few years out of the music industry, he led the short-lived folk-rock group Evergreen Blueshoes, starting in 1967.

As a musician, Battin is probably best known for his position as bass guitarist and songwriter with The Byrds from 1970 to 1973. He was—by eight years—the oldest member of The Byrds, with whom he recorded three albums and toured extensively. Many of his songwriting contributions were co-written with longtime collaborator and songwriter Kim Fowley. After the breakup of the Columbia Byrds, Battin recorded a solo album, Skip. Afterwards, he was invited to join the New Riders of the Purple Sage, with whom he recorded three albums from 1974 to 1976.

Battin's career continued successfully and included stints with the Flying Burrito Brothers, collaborations with notable country rock musicians, and numerous solo projects. From 1989 to 1991, he toured occasionally with Michael Clarke's Byrds, a version which was somewhat controversial but mostly well received.[citation needed]

Skip Battin died on the evening of July 6, 2003, of complications from Alzheimer's disease in a care facility in Salem, Oregon.[citation needed]

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